Focus - Summer 2022

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SUMMER 2022


On June 2, the City of Redmond hosted the groundbreaking for the new Redmond Senior & Community Center. Community members, Mayor Birney, City Council, staff, state and regional elected officials, and members of the project team gathered at the construction site on Municipal Campus for the ceremony, followed by an open house in City Hall. 

With this exciting process underway, there is a lot for our community to look forward to. 

Linda McCrystal, a participant in the City’s Senior Programs and co-chair of the Senior Advisory Committee, has been involved throughout the design process and is eager for the indoor walk/jog track, the kitchen for senior lunches, rooms for various crafts and classes, and the expanded outdoor dining opportunities. 

“I look forward to hopefully volunteering in the kitchen for senior lunches or the coffee bar and enjoying Rockin’ on the River and Derby Day events,” she said. “Having a beautiful place indoors or outside to visit, sit, relax, and eat lunch with friends, attend various classes is important and lends itself to socializing, keeping the brain stimulated.” 

The Redmond Senior & Community Center is slated to open in late 2023.

Want to help name the new senior and community center?


Visit redmond.gov/RSCC to learn more about the project and contribute your thoughts on the name by June 30.

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Redmond’s highly anticipated summer kickoff event, Derby Days, returns July 8 and 9 at the City Hall campus. 

On Friday afternoon, the community can enjoy a lineup of live, local music, and a family-friendly 5K walk/run. They are also invited to watch or join elite bike races and the kiddie kilo at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome at Marymoor Park, then take a shuttle to City Hall to have dinner from the local food trucks and booths, shop the dedicated craft market with Urban Craft Uprising, and relax in the Derby Days Beer and Wine Garden on opening night. 

Saturday kicks off with the Kids’ Bike Parade - a tradition dating back to the first Derby Days in 1940 that ushers the way for the Derby Days Grand Parade directly after. The festivities continue throughout the afternoon with live music, kids’ performances and activities, and carnival rides. Attendees can sign up for the Derby Days Cornhole Tournament in the Beer and Wine Garden and unwind with the music from the main stage. Finally, the community can commemorate the celebration with the event’s first-ever drone show.

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Meet Your City Council at Derby Days 

Be sure to visit the Council booth on Saturday, July 9 during Derby Days. Come say hello, ask a question, or share your thoughts. We can’t wait to see you! Learn more about Redmond’s City Councilmembers, how to participate, view meetings (most Tuesdays at 7 p.m.), and find the latest videos at redmond.gov/Council.


"I look forward to seeing smiling faces, hearing the laughter, and sharing in the joy of this tradition with each of you."


- Mayor Angela Birney


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Summers in the Pacific Northwest are magical as our water, mountains, and green spaces sparkle during the warmest months. Some of my very favorite summertime moments over the years in Redmond include taking my girls swimming with friends at Idylwood Beach, enjoying events and music at City Hall and Downtown Park, and dining outside at many of our restaurants. 

I also love to relax with a book on a summer day, so I’ve asked our partners at the King County Library System (KCLS) to share resources that encourage reading and help us find that perfect book. Join me and others in KCLS’s Summer Reading Program, and if you read 1,000 minutes by Aug. 31, you can earn prizes and become an official Summer Reader! Need recommendations? Try KCLS’s BookMatch service for customized recommendations, check out your Redmond Library’s Staff Picks list, or try one of our recommendations listed here.

I’ll be out and about enjoying our beautiful city during the warm summer days. If you see me around, please say hello and share with me your summertime reading recommendations or email me at mayor@redmond.gov

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Mayor Angela Birney 

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The Wedding Slipper
by J. Kimalie

Mayor Angela Birney, 
City of Redmond

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The Memory Police
by Yoko Ogawa

Kirsten Erickson, 
Adult Services Librarian

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The Inheritance Games
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Stephanie Zero, 
Teen Services Librarian

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Bright Brown Baby
by Andrea Davis Pinkey

Linda Mauer, 
Children’s Services Librarian

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Small World
by Jonathan Evison

Mary Comstock, 
Librarian and Information Services Manager

SUMMERS IN REDMOND

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Discover fun things to do this summer throughout Redmond. From summer camps and events to exploring the pristine parks and trails and enjoying outdoor dining, there is something fun for everyone.

Snap a Summer Photo
Use hashtag #SummersInRedmond or tag @RedmondParks or @CityofRedmond on social media. Share with others in the community how you are celebrating summer in Redmond!

Fun For All at Summer Camp
City of Redmond Summer Camp season is in full swing! Redmond’s children are busy playing, creating, exploring, and seeking adventure in each of the City’s camps. From art to sports and STEM to music, there’s a camp offering for every interest where children can meet new friends, play games, and create lifelong memories. Camps began the week of June 21 and continue through Sept. 2. 

To learn more, visit redmond.gov/SummerCamps or contact Guest Services at 425-556-2300.

Play, Stay, Explore, Eat, and Sip Local 
Find a community events calendar and business and activity directory at ExperienceRedmond.com.


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Fitness in the Park

Monday through Saturday at Downtown Park and Perrigo Park

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Parks and Recreation

47 parks, 1,351 acres of land, and 59 miles of public trails to enjoy the outdoors this summer

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Redmond Pool

Lap, senior, and family swim, water aerobics, and lessons for youth and adults

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Derby Days
July 8 & 9

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Rockin' on the River Outdoor Concerts
July & August

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Open Mic Nights at the Old Fire House Teen Center
3rd Tuesday of each month

The City is exploring how to keep pace, enhance, and provide comprehensive police and fire services in our growing community. Over the last several months, we asked community members about safety needs and priorities in Redmond.

We heard from 10 members of a volunteer Sounding Board, 400 Redmond registered voters via a statistically valid survey, 260+ community members via online/paper/translated questionnaires, 40 attendees at a community meeting on April 4, and a variety of individuals and groups representing community-based organizations and city boards and commissions.

We heard strong support for increasing the City’s mental health responders, increasing capacity for the Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program, and increasing Fire and Police Department staffing to keep pace with growth. Community members also shared written comments that ranged from support of the plan and mental health services, as well as comments opposing the plan because of concerns about tax burden on property owners, and mixed support of the body worn cameras.  


Learn more about what we heard from the community and how that input has informed updates to the draft Redmond Safety Funding Plan.

Redmond Celebrates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The City is committed to creating a community in which everyone can access services, influence policy, and feel a sense of belonging and safety. To assess its efforts, Redmond is conducting a community assessment this summer. Provide feedback and influence city services, policies, and direction by responding to a questionnaire from July 5 - Sept. 24 or attending a listening session.

Save the Date

Welcoming Week is Sept. 9 - 18

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Intergenerational Gardening Group

For the second year in a row, Redmond seniors and teens are tending to raised garden beds at the Old Firehouse Teen Center this summer to harvest produce, which will be donated to Hopelink. Led by Redmond Senior Program volunteers, Linda Clark and Sue Smith, the program has grown to nearly 20 teens and seniors working together. 

Teen Jamie JudahBram has been involved with the gardens for nearly a year and shared, “The knowledge that the community gardens will help feed those in need and that my contribution of hammering a nail into a garden bed or watering some peas encouraged me to get involved.” 

Together the seniors and teens set up the beds from start to finish. 

“They instruct what is to be done, cover for volunteers who aren't able to come care for the plants, provide know-how regarding supplies, and adapt to changing conditions like weather,” said JudahBram. “They do it all with a smile on their face and a bundle of snap peas in their hand. The seniors truly know the meaning of working together.” 

Together, this summer, they will harvest green beans, yellow squash, potatoes, and strawberries. 

Seniors and teens who are interested in getting involved, contact Guest Services at guestservices@redmond.gov.


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Jamie JudahBram

What do you like most about the program?

“Hanging out with the seniors is the most rewarding thing. I enjoy listening to how they got into gardening, their plans for the future, the recollection of the past, and just what they did that day as we tend the garden.”

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Sue Smith

What does working together with teens 
mean to you?

"The teens are so enthused about learning something new. They also contribute so much different information about their own experiences about gardening. They are just fun to be around. The energy is quite invigorating."

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Linda Clark

What is most rewarding about the program?

"We have enjoyed the teens stepping up to help us garden at the Redmond Teen Center."

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Tushar Zhade

What does giving back to your 
community mean to you?

"Giving back to my community is a small way to thank the community that helped shape me. This community made me who I am; they've been my friends for countless years, they've been my home, and they've been my people. In any way that I can, I try to give back as a way of saying, thank you."

Redmond residents can conserve energy and reduce utility bill costs by upgrading to a heat pump, an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. That’s right, heat pumps can heat AND cool.

Buildings and homes are responsible for more than 55% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Redmond. These places where we live, work, and spend 90% of our time are the key to a sustainable, resilient future for our community. Heat pumps are cost-effective, reliable, proven technology that are important for Redmond’s clean energy future.

Energy Smart Eastside makes it easy to upgrade your heating and cooling system. At a free educational workshop, attendees will learn about heat pumps, energy-saving opportunities, and incentives. Interested attendees will be connected with installers to complete a free site assessment and review next steps for installation. 

Energy Smart Eastside is a collaboration between the cities of Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, and Mercer Island and the local nonprofit organization, Spark Northwest.


Water is essential to both people and wildlife in Redmond. Safeguarding our water is one of the City’s most vital responsibilities. From protecting streams from damaging stormwater runoff to providing clean and safe drinking water, city staff work to preserve our interconnected water systems.

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What is a watershed? 
 

A watershed is an area where rainfall and snowmelt flow to a specific stream, pond, or other waterway. Understanding watershed conditions helps staff know how to restore streams.

Learn more about the City’s 20 watersheds and updates to the Redmond Watershed Management Plan at redmond.gov/Watersheds.


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Keeping Redmond Streams Healthy

Streams are an essential part of the City’s environment. They are home to wildlife and help prevent flooding. One way the City tracks stream health is by measuring how much, and how fast water is flowing. Stormwater, water runoff from rain or snowmelt, flows into waterways, including streams, and can damage habitat or cause flooding if not managed appropriately.

The City is currently monitoring water flows in High School Creek, a stream that runs north off Education Hill to the Sammamish River. The flow data will be used to plan for future stormwater improvements in the High School Creek watershed.

You can help keep Redmond streams healthy

Try Natural Yard Care

Many landscaping chemicals and lawn care methods can be harmful to people, plants, and pollute our water supply. 

Learn how to maintain an environmentally friendly landscape.

Adopt a Storm Drain

Storm drains flow directly to rivers, lakes, and streams, and can carry pollutants into local waterways. Adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution and help prevent flooding.  

Learn more about the Adopt-a-Drain program.

Volunteer for a Habitat Restoration Event

Join with city staff and neighbors to restore local habitats with activities, such as invasive weed removal and native planting.

Volunteer to restore local habitats.

use Water Wisely in your Home and Yard

Get Free Water Conservation Items

Homeowners in Redmond have access to free water conservation items, such as water-efficient showerheads, faucet aerators, and shower timers. 

cascadewater.org/water-efficiency/free-items

Take a Cascade Gardener Class

These free gardening classes help you create beautiful, healthy landscapes while using water efficiently. Several classes will be offered this summer, and past class recordings are available to view now. 

cascadewater.org/water-efficiency/cascade-gardener


Recycle Your Leftover Paint for Free

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Residents and businesses can drop off unwanted paints to be recycled at PaintCare locations free of charge. Paint must be dropped off in its original container with the manufacturer's label on it. Some primers, stains, sealers, and other products may also be eligible to be recycled. 

For details, and to confirm accepted quantities, visit paintcare.org/states/Washington


Stay Informed. Get Involved.

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Help Inform the City Budget

Every two years the City of Redmond develops a budget based on the priorities of the community. You can help shape the budget with your feedback at LetsConnectRedmond.com/Budget.

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Keep Track of Light Rail

Learn about light rail in Redmond at redmond.gov/LightRail. Stay informed about the progress and sign up for project updates at soundtransit.org/DRLEupdates.

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Help Shape Redmond’s Future

Redmond is growing and we want to hear from you about what improvements are needed to support this growth! Share your feedback throughout the summer at redmond.gov/Redmond2050.

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Be Aware of Summer Road Construction

Arrive safe and on time by planning ahead this summer. Find construction details and view traffic cameras at redmond.gov/Traffic.

Working for the City of Redmond takes a passion for public service and leads to many fulfilling careers. 

Ernie Fix began his career at the City as a summer, seasonal employee while in college. Now, as the operations manager at the Maintenance and Operations Center, Fix helps keep the City’s infrastructure running smoothly. 

His team ensures Redmond has safe roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks to travel on, clean water to drink, a reliable wastewater system, healthy natural waterways, and dependable vehicles and equipment needed to keep it all working.

From organizing snow plowing operations to working toward environmental sustainability goals, Fix’s favorite part of the job is working with staff to remove obstacles and help them accomplish their work. “I like solving problems,” he said.

In his time at Redmond, Fix has learned how complex and interconnected the City’s work is and that it’s vital to consider how decisions impact numerous stakeholders and partners. 

“I’ve learned how essential it is to consider the big picture and to understand both the obvious and the less obvious, sometimes unintended consequences of decisions,” he explained. Outside of work, Fix is an avid mountain biker who likes to take his dog, Cooper, on adventures, sometimes at the same time. 

Thank you, Ernie, for keeping the fleet running, the streets safe, and the water flowing in Redmond!

Ernie Fix


"The City is a great place to work, there is a strong sense of teamwork, and it is rewarding to know you are providing the community with the services they depend on."


- Ernie Fix


We are hiring


Join the Redmond team and enjoy: 

• Rewarding work serving the Redmond community
• Fun and friendly coworkers
• Good pay and benefits